Old Style, New Style, and Snakes

I’m having a great time working through a 5 volume set of manuscript farm diaries and account books written by George Ross of Lancaster, PA.  It’s taken some time to nail down just which person by that name is the author (it’s the son of the signer of the Declaration of Independence by that name; the one born 1752, died 1832).  Since that is pretty well done at this point, I’ve been looking more closely at the entries and just found this one, well worth preserving:

Sunday, 11th April 1813: “Yesterday I hung up to a Rafter in the barn,  enclosed in a linen bag,  a Snake killed a few days ago, as an Antidote against Rats.  tis said the Snake should be killed in the month of March, but tho this Snake was killed in April in the present Style – yet it was before the Expiration of March old style, & this Nostrum being of great antiquity & discovert in the old style tis hoped a few days will not affect its Operation.”

Makes sense to me!

Published in: on 16 January 2008 at 2:00 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. What a great find! And more intrigue as to what this man’s learning and background actually were. Certainly not all farmers wrote and thought in this style of poetic prose…
    Post more as you find it..You could host the George Ross Almanac for Daily Farming Wisdom.

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